This is a little diary I found in an auction, written by someone called Maureen from Camborne County School. It’s about a school trip she took to Paris in April 1941.

I don’t really understand the history of this diary. At the time, I believe Paris was occupied by Germany, so I cannot imagine why Cornish children would travel there. Perhaps it was simply an exercise, to imagine being in Paris at this time, but there are very few mentions of the military which, I would have thought, would dominate in an imagined account.

So I don’t really know what’s going on here. I hope to find out more as I post these, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this lovely little travelogue from an excitable narrator with a penchant for the dramatic, and bucketloads of character.

What do you think?

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